I was cursed with horrible teeth, and because of that I have multiple amalgam fillings. Most of these are in my back teeth, but a few unfortunate ones are near the front of my mouth, being completely visible when I smile. This has led to a lot of self-consciousness and I was often teased growing up, most often being called metal mouth. Unlike those with braces however, I was stuck with these fillings… so I thought anyway.
As I got older, I began to research more about dentistry. I found that over the years there have been a lot of debate over which type of filling is most effective to use on teeth. In fact, I was surprised to learn that metal fillings can even contain mercury! That’s not something I particularly want in my mouth.
Even better though, was learning about composite resin fillings. Unlike my amalgam fillings, these are white, not silver. This immediately peaked my interest because it meant the possibility of being able to smile without those old metal fillings making my smile look unattractive.
I searched for images of the resin fillings and I was amazed. They looked exactly like the real tooth. If it weren’t for the fact that there were before and after pictures, I never would have guessed that the teeth had any fillings whatsoever.
I talked to my dentist shortly after that and made plans to have the resin fillings put in my teeth rather than the amalgam fillings. I’ve had some work done so far, though a few of my larger cavities, due to their size, will be being treated with porcelain dental inlays instead, which are also white and unnoticeable.
After I had some of the work done, I was amazed by how great my smile looked, but even more, how comfortably these fillings fit my teeth. My old metal ones always felt loose and I had to avoid certain foods or chew a certain way to avoid pain. With these resin fillings, they felt exactly like my teeth. I could bite into apples and even chew gum without feeling like the filling was going to fall out. Overall, I couldn’t be more happy with my new fillings.